Maps/Gear | Generative Initiatives Overview

Generative initiatives are plays
in the infinite game.


GENERATIVE CHANGE: GROWING THE CAPACITY TO CHANGE — NATURALLY is a brief article that describes the difference between generative and mechanistic change within organizations. Reading this piece will help set the stage for rest of the material presented in this section.

Generative Initiatives Overview will provide you an expanded description of the context and nature of generative initiatives. Its contents include:
Design Principles for Generative Initiatives — Guidelines for evolving from finite to infinite games. These principles include:
Briefing Information for Advance Scouts describes the role of "Advance Scouts" in tracking down generative initiatives and helping to map this special territory. Its contents include:
Dramatic Examples of Generative Initiatives

12 Step Programs — Two recovering alcoholics, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, got together 70 years ago and evolved an organizing form that has rippled out into more than 100,000 AA groups in 150 countries — enhancing the true wealth of millions of people worldwide. The 12-Step approach is not only self-sustaining but also self-propagating in a way that has addressed many other forms of addiction, e.g., narcotics, sex, compulsive eating, gambling, spending and workaholism.

P&G's Albany, GA Paper Plant — A 30-year "Corporate Social Opportunity" success story. How P&G crossed brilliant organization design with envelope-pushing diversity principles — and has been harvesting and propagating dramatic business and social benefits ever since.

Delancey Street — Mimi Silbert's "Harvard for losers, a concrete campus in San Francisco, where the students are former pimps and prostitutes, junkies and drug dealers, armed robbers and homeless waifs. This alternative rehabilitation program is run solely by its residents (Only one professional staff member—Mimi) and has turned some 14,000 multiple offenders and other societal castoffs into law-abiding-look-you-in-the-eye-self-respecting working people since its beginnings in the '70s."

[These are just a few of the countless generative initiatives resulting in ultra-high true ROIs.]